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Thu., March 7, 2013, 12:45 p.m.

House resolution on federal lands transfer introduced

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House committee has introduced a resolution calling on lawmakers to study the pros and cons of Idaho wresting control of public land managed by the federal government. The House State Affairs Committee on Thursday also introduced a resolution laying out the historical and legal argument behind any potential transfer of federal lands to the state. Republican Rep. Lawerence Denney of Midvale is the chief sponsor of both proposals. Denney says the state is often at odds with the way federal agencies manage land, species and approach to harvesting timber. Idaho's latest push for the federal government to turn over millions of acres is modeled on legislation approved last year in Utah. In Idaho, Denney expects any national parks and monuments and tribal lands to be exempt from state control.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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